‘Work perks’ increasingly popular among Brits

Around 25% of working Brits would be willing to accept a lower salary in return for better ‘work perks’.

Employment bonuses have become increasingly popular over the last few years, which explains why 55% of UK workplaces currently offer work perks.

Workers in Wales were the most likely to accept a lower salary with almost a third saying they would accept a position for less money if it had better perks.

Printerland.co.uk commissioned a UK wide survey to explore Brits’ attitude towards employment benefits, asking 2,000 workers about the kind of work perks they already receive and which bonuses they wish they had.

The research revealed that the most common perks offered are flexitime (51%), financial bonuses (50%), free food (32%), gadgets such as company phones and tablets (21%) and company cars (11%).

Some companies across the country offer more unique benefits to their staff. Respondents claimed that their company offer perks such as duvet days and counselling, while others receive massages and holidays to the cost of £450 each year.

When asked what perks employees would like, freebies such as Netflix subscriptions and event tickets came out top (42%), followed by free trips (37%), shopping discounts (35%), gym memberships (28%) and on-site facilities such as a gym or a crèche (25%).

Printerland.co.uk marketing manager Chris Ralph commented: “There has been a culture shift in UK businesses over the last few years as companies shift their focus from attracting new talent, to retaining current staff. In fact, a survey by Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) shows that 47% of businesses operating in the UK have awarded pay rises over the last 12 months to encourage their employees to stay.

“However, the data from our latest survey has shown that a quarter of employed Brits would rather take a pay cut and receive work perks, which shows how important increasing staff morale can be to a business.”